Environment Minister appeals for environment-friendly Diwali celebration

SEE PICS Environment minister Harsh Vardhan asks scientists to develop zero-pollution firecrackers

SEE PICS Environment minister Harsh Vardhan asks scientists to develop zero-pollution firecrackers

Harsh Vardhan has told Indian scientists to create zero-pollution crackers so that people are able to enjoy Diwali without the harmful impact of crackers on the environment.

The minister of science and technology said Sunday that he had told the government's scientists to work on zero-pollution crackers.

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Hussain said through the sale of fire-crackers has been banned by the Hon'ble Supreme Court, but still, every citizen of Delhi has to ensure that fire-crackers are not burst.

The order issued on October 9 has not only upset the Delhi residents but also affected the business of traders.

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Dr. Harsh Vardhan, along with Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, was at the India Gate to flag off the mini-marathon - "Run for Clean Air".

"We are celebrating the "Run for clean air" marathon programme on the birth anniversary of late President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, who was a great visionary". The zero-pollution crackers would not create pollution, would allow people to celebrate Diwali with firecrackers and give traders a product to sell. "This programme is to realise the dreams of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wants to deliver a new India where there is a high level of environmental protection", Vardhan said. But the window to light crackers is just three hours in the evening.Namita Gupta, founder of an air purifier company, said, "Last year, for nearly 10 days after Diwali, the Delhi-NCR area had awful air quality with PM2.5 numbers in the 700s and Air Quality Index (AQI) hitting 500 , As Reported By TOI".

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